Obama taking credit for oil and gas boom that he’s tried to strangle

Obama’s State of the Union address is being described as him taking a victory lap.

“America, for all that we have endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this:  The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong,” Obama claimed. “At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.”

Nevada pump jack

Much of the improvement in the economy has not been because of Obama’s policies and practices but in spite of him. It has come from a booming oil and gas industry that has lower fuel prices by nearly half, despite Obama’s animus and efforts to strangle it.

According to a Congressional Research Service report, U.S. crude oil production increased 38 percent from 2009 to 2013. Breaking that down further, the report said this was due to production on private land increasing by 61 percent, while production on federal public land actually fell — yes, fell — by 6 percent.

Under Obama’s administration the backlog of drilling permits at the Bureau of Land Management alone has topped 3,500 and the time it takes to obtain a permit has doubled. BLM recently has cut the acreage available in some oil and gas lease auctions by half to reduce the impact on sage grouse habitat.

The BLM’s own stats show in fiscal year 2014 the number of new drilling permits issued was one third of the number in 2006, both nationally and in Nevada. Also the number of acres of new oil and gas leases in 2014 was a quarter of the acreage leased in 2006, also both nationally and in Nevada.

Obama is taking credit for something he tried to stop.

His biggest applause line, deservedly so, was: “I have no more campaigns to run.”




92 comments on “Obama taking credit for oil and gas boom that he’s tried to strangle

  1. Eddie InLiberty Hamilton says:


  2. nyp says:

    Got it: anything bad in our economy is President Obama’s fault; anything good is in spite of his policies.

  3. nyp says:

    Some facts that Mr. Mitchell left out, courtesy of the White House:
    “Onshore, nearly 36.1 million acres of federal land were under lease to oil and gas companies last year. Of that land, over 12.6 million acres were actively producing oil and gas – the highest acreage under production since 2008. Last year, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held 30 separate oil and gas lease sales, offering 5.7 million acres for lease by industry, the most in a decade.

    “Even as sales have gone up, processing time for onshore drilling permits has gone down – last year, it took an average of 194 days to process an APD, down from 228 in 2012 and faster than any time since 2005.

    “Offshore, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) offered 59 million acres for lease by industry in the Gulf of Mexico last year, and industry submitted bids on 3 percent of these acres, resulting in $1.3 billion in high bids. The current Five Year Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program includes 15 potential lease sales in six planning areas that comprise some of the richest and most promising areas for oil and gas exploration and development.

    “As we continue to encourage development of these important energy resources, we are taking steps to ensure that operations are conducted safely and responsibly. And we are also taking steps to make sure we’re not wasting energy – by putting in place standards and investing in energy efficiency.

    “For example, the Administration has taken action to double the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks by 2025. Taken together, the Administration’s national program to improve fuel economy will save consumers more than $1.75 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12.5 billion barrels by 2025.”


  4. Rincon says:

    Politicians always take credit when things are going well. That’s perfectly fair since their critics always blame them when things are going badly, as we frequently see here.

  5. nyp says:

    Your complaint might have had some credibilty, Mr. Mitchell, had you not spent the past six years blaming President Obama for all kinds of economic bad news for which he was not responsible.

  6. Steve says:

    You guys spent the last six years saying Obama has no influence on gas prices…now you want to defend his claims of influencing them?

  7. nyp says:

    I never said that President Obama is responsible for declining gas prices. Nor did he. But I have always maintained that there was nothing particularly destructive or reckless about his balanced energy policies. History has now rendered its verdict.

  8. Steve says:

    Oh, no, he didn’t steal credit for it, but he sure crowed about it.

    Now you guys want to defend it as though it was his policies that grew all that fracking!

  9. Nyp says:

    Today in the Second Amendment:

    “2-year-old child dead in Pinellas after accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound”


  10. Athos says:

    Pinocchio’s a joke. Last night was just a more formal reinforcement of this creature’s incompetence.

    And petey’s a child. Bring truth to the argument and he changes subjects ( or ignores the truth all together)

    You looking forward to that “FREE” jc degree Pinocchio’s setting up for you, petey?

  11. nyp says:

    I like the idea of publicly-supported community colleges just as much as I like the idea of publicy-supported elementary schools and high schools. Of course, you do not believe in public education, so I am not surprised that you do not believe that we should support community colleges.

  12. bc says:

    I like public schools and have no issues paying taxes to support them. One of the great strengths of this country is an educated population and strong school systems. Community College systems offering low/no cost education for those who desire and have done well in High School? Sure, we have that in Illinois now and it is a good idea.

    A good question is how is the money spent? Is it spent wisely or wastefully? Here in Illinois there are 866 separate school districts where in Nevada there are 17, one for each county and one for Carson City. 866 superintendents, personnel divisions, curriculum groups, grounds and facility groups. I think that Nevada is in better shape there, easier to keep track of 17 districts and since taxes are much lower in Nevada than Illinois, I think that you are doing well out there.

  13. nyp says:

    I’m no expert on school administration in Illinois or Nevada, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Illinois school administration is far less cost-efficient than it could be.

  14. Winston Smith says:

    As per usual, a fascist U.S. president throws an unconstitutional bone to some group, this time community colleges, during a SOTU address.

  15. nyp says:

    nothing more fascist than a community college.

  16. Athos says:

    Higher education. Since 1978 costs have increased 10 fold. What other industry has increased 10 fold since 1978? Hmmm. And what drove those costs? (hint: FREE MONEY)

    I’m sure all the JC colleges will be cheering on the FREE money to edumacate them younguns. Here in Las Vegas (Clark County School District) we are planning on increasing funds for ESL, not wishing to address the 30% illegal alien enrollment.

    Go figure our reluctance to fund more Public Education!

  17. Athos says:

    Wow, Winston. Watching that makes it hard to sleep, eh?

  18. Winston Smith says:

    Gee whiz, petey, I thought I called the president fascist, not community colleges…

    Athos, not as bad as my prostate 🙂

  19. Athos says:

    Winston, I’ve heard that sex is good for my prostate. And no, petey, I can’t source that, but I’m happy with my belief!

  20. Rincon says:

    Wonderful health tip Athos. Don’t want to take any chances with the prostate.

    I’m all for subsidizing our community colleges if we would just graduate them at age 16. Easy to accomplish if you just remove some of the detritus that the academics insist on including in the curriculum.

  21. Winston Smith says:

    I’ll confer with my wife…

  22. Athos says:

    Steve, I appreciate the link, but I could have done without reading that 21 times a month is the ideal number. Sometimes ignorance is bliss!

  23. Steve says:

    Get to work, Athos!

  24. Athos says:

    This is too rich not to post. 2nd Amendment moment for you, petey!!


    Plano, Texas, eh? Wonder if that’s a red city, or blue city??

  25. Red as it can be. Dallas might be blue, though.

  26. Athos says:

    It’s an interesting concept Mr. Whittle brings up. Oh, and by the way, I meant to say this to Steve:

    “May I obey all of your commands with equal pleasure, Sire!”

  27. Steve says:

    🙂 Athos!

    Nyp should have no issues with that link…it has the transcript right below the video for people who “don’t do videos” …. or claim such malarkey.
    Enjoy the facts Nyp!

  28. Rincon says:

    Whittle conveniently neglects the fact that we have one of the highest murder rates of developed countries. He fails to consider the possibility that there can be several factors which influence murder rates. For example, murder rates are much higher in countries with weak justice systems. Typical media moron. He also mixes up cause and effect with Detroit. Doesn’t it occur to him that their gun control laws could be a reaction to their high murder rate and not vice versa? Detroit does suggest though, that gun control is no magic bullet 🙂

  29. Steve says:

    It is very easy to ignore the fact that, for a rich developed country like the USA, we happen to have almost as much “undeveloped” areas within all our population centers as any undeveloped country in the world…even WITH the “war on poverty” we have been waging since the new deal of the 1960’s.
    This country has all of it, it is only fair to compare it to all of the others since many of those developed countries have societies with little or almost no poor/homeless populations.

  30. Rincon says:

    So why do those other developed societies have little or no homeless population and low crime? Why can’t we accomplish the same thing?

  31. Steve says:

    For example, Switzerland has very little homelessness. But they also have very little immigration.
    Same thing with New Zealand.

    We take in everybody from everywhere…even today,,,leading to a whole bunch of good along with a whole bunch of bad.

    You could wish for a New Zealand or Switzerland type of society here but to do that you would have to eliminate most or all of any race other than one.

  32. Rincon says:

    Nice try Steve, but both New Zealand and Switzerland have a higher percentage of immigrants than we do. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_immigrant_population

  33. Nyp says:

    Is the measles outbreak all Obama’s fault?

  34. Yep, unvaccinated illegals.

  35. Athos says:

    “So why do those other developed societies have little or no homeless population and low crime? Why can’t we accomplish the same thing?”

    Well, maybe if we were all like Plano, Texas, we COULD accomplish the same thing, Rinny!

  36. Nyp says:

    That’s very funny, Mr. Mitchell.

    In reality, most South American countries have higher vaccination rates than we do.

    We love our freedom too much.

  37. Nyp says:

    Specifically, measles vaccination rate in Central America high than it is in the US.

  38. Athos says:

    Oh, petey! What is it with you lefties lying like scum bags? Have you no shame, sir?

  39. Steve says:

    Try looking by per capita and race, Rincon…the differences are enlightening.
    For instance, New Zealand requires an active job for any immigrants! Try THAT here!

  40. Rincon says:

    “The Handbook of Crime Correlates states that unlike studies outside the US, a majority of studies in the US have found lower crime rates among immigrants than among non-immigrants.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_crime#United_States Do you have reliable information that contradicts this Steve?

  41. Steve says:

    Try emigrating to New Zealand without a job there, Rincon.

  42. Rincon says:

    If immigrants commit fewer crimes in the U.S. than the natives, I believe that makes New Zealand’s immigration laws irrelevant to our original conversation, but yes, I agree that immigrants should have a job or have skills in great demand here if they want to come. I still don’t see an explanation for our high murder rates though.

  43. Steve says:

    It is one of those bad things that come with the good.

    By keeping a large majority of the population productive and much the same racial mix, other countries get a population which tends to get along.
    You claim other countries have more immigration, but you don’t show (and probably cannot show) the racial make-up of the immigrants in those cases.

    The US is the worlds melting pot and it gets a lot of positive benefits from this but we also get a lot of negatives from it and we have to take the bad with the good.

  44. Rincon says:

    “You claim other countries have more immigration, but you don’t show (and probably cannot show) the racial make-up of the immigrants in those cases.” The race of the immigrants is unimportant because as my quote clearly stated,: “… a majority of studies in the US have found lower crime rates among immigrants than among non-immigrants.” Perhaps you didn’t read it? You can’t blame the immigrants if they aren’t the ones who commit the murders.

    “The US is the worlds melting pot…” My Wikipedia article clearly shows that we are no longer the world’s melting pot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_foreign-born_population

    “By keeping a large majority of the population productive and much the same racial mix, other countries get a population which tends to get along.” We keep a larger majority of our population productive than most of the other OECD countries as shown by our lower unemployment rate, so productivity is not a legitimate answer. As for race, while it is a factor, you seem to ignore the fact that poor people murder more than middle class or rich people. Interesting that we have one of the highest murder rates and we also have the highest income inequality. Coincidence? Is it race or income level?

  45. Steve says:

    And before Nyp jumps all over it…NYC has the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.

  46. nyp says:

    14 of the top 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000.

  47. Steve says:

    Calling GMT the “hottest years on record” is misleading and people don’t feel GMT.
    Then again, being accurate in discussion is not a strong point of the modern day liberal.

  48. nyp says:

    Nothing misleading about it. 14 of the top 15 hottest years on records have all occurred since 2000.

  49. Steve says:

    GMT is not local or even national climate (or weather).

    Try not speaking in parables for a change. You might gain some credence.

  50. Rincon says:

    There is no temperature information that is LESS misleading than global mean temperature when discussing global warming. Are you saying global mean temperature is unimportant?

  51. nyp says:

    It is snowing the East Coast, which must mean that climate change is a hoax.

  52. Steve says:

    NEVER said climate does NOT change people…ALWAYS question what HUMANS claim about it!

  53. Steve says:

    GMT is THE thing being used to make the claims of “hottest years” ever, Rincon.

  54. Rincon says:

    Can you think of anything more relevant or accurate?

  55. Steve says:

    Gotta say,,,,this rainmageddon in Vegas is scary…where’d I put my plans for the Ark!??

  56. nyp says:

    The CBO announced yesterday that this year’s federal deficit will continue to shrink, this time down to $468 billion. That compares to a federal deficit of $1.4 trillion in 2009, the year President Obama took over from the Republicans.

  57. Rincon says:

    Not particularly inspiring 5 or 6 years into a recovery. Congress deserves the credit or blame since they control the purse strings.

  58. nyp says:

    Actually, no.

  59. In 2009 Bush requested a budget with a deficit of $400 billion. Halfway through the year, Obama took office. Revenues ran short, spending ran long and the deficit ballooned to $1.4 trillion.


  60. CBO: “Although the deficits in CBO’s baseline projections remain roughly stable as a percentage of GDP through 2018, they rise after that. The deficit in 2025 is projected to be $1.1 trillion, or 4.0 percent of GDP, and cumulative deficits over the 2016–2025 period are projected to total $7.6 trillion. CBO expects that federal debt held by the public will amount to 74 percent of GDP at the end of this fiscal year—more than twice what it was at the end of 2007 and higher than in any year since 1950 (see figure below). By 2025, in CBO’s baseline projections, federal debt rises to nearly 79 percent of GDP.”


  61. nyp says:

    That quote, which happens to accurately summarize CBO’s projections, also demolishes the conversative arguments against the Obama fiscal policies of the past six years.

    The long-term fedral deficit projection is, together with projected higher interest rates, a function of the aging of the baby boomers, which will put pressure on the principle programs for senior citizens: social security, medicare, and medicaid. But it has nothing to do with President Obama’s economic stimululs program, which helped pull us out of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. Once we dug out of the Great Recession the annual deficits under President Obama shrank in significance.

    All that yelling about President Obama was bankrupting the country turned out to be incorrect. The long-term deficit issues have nothing to do with President Obama’s economic rescue program.

  62. Athos says:

    petey, if delusional lying was an Olympic sport, you’d be our Gold Medal Winner!

  63. nyp says:

    According to the new CBO report, the cost of the Affordable Care Act is turning out to be 20% lower than originally projected.

  64. Athos says:

    Oh, man! That’s ANOTHER knee-slapper, petey! Keep em coming, laughter is the best medicine!

  65. Athos says:

    You know, one of the worst traits of the old USSR was the people having to nod their heads in agreement over the biggest lies their government put out. Kind of like we’re becoming (if you only get your news from the MSM).

  66. nyp says:

    “The Congressional Budget Office on Monday significantly lowered its estimate of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Douglas W. Elmendorf, the director of the budget office, said the changes resulted from many factors, including a general “slowdown in the growth of health care costs” and lower projections of insurance premiums that are subsidized by the federal government. [The New York Times, 1/26/15]


  67. CBO says its previous forecast was wrong but we are supposed to believe this forecast is more accurate?

  68. nyp says:

    Yes, because we now have recourse to several years of actual experience with health reform, and we have discovered that actual cost growth — actual, not forcast — has been much lower than CBO originally anticipated. In light of the facts, CBO has modified its forcast for future years, and has taken cost-savings to date into account in forcasting total cost-savings.

    That is how it is done in the reality-based community.

    Reminds me of the saying, attributed to Keynes (probably incorrectly):
    “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do??

  69. nyp says:

    But I will give you this, Mr. Mitchell: one should not blindly accept statements from so-called “authorities.” Everything is open to informed criticism and interrogation, and one should be particuarly wary of accepting information that conforms to one’s preconceptions.

  70. Steve says:

    ACA is not fully implemented, we DO NOT have the full picture, yet.

  71. Employer mandate was delayed.

    But, yes, be skeptical, always.

  72. Nyp says:

    You think that a one-year delay in imposing tax penalties on large businesses that don’t offer coverage to their employees will somehow explode the ACA’s cost structure?
    I don’t.

  73. Steve says:

    Let’s see what happens…newest reports are low wage job hours are being cut, severely.

  74. According to WSJ, the number of high paying medical and finance jobs have been cut 5 percent in the past couple of years due to ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank.

  75. Rincon says:

    A lower number of higher paying medical jobs is necessary if we are to cut health care costs. Unless there’s been a sudden shortage of medical personnel, we seem to be caring for people while cutting personnel, which translates into lower costs. As for finance jobs, I think we have way too many of those in the first place. Glad to see ’em go.

    If low wage jobs are cut severely, the product of their labor will be cut severely too. Not likely, unless they’re competing against overseas imports.

  76. Steve says:

    Not low wage jobs, Rincon. Low wage job hours..which translates into more people working in more part time positions. Which translates in something liberals have been complaining about in Walmart for years…corporate welfare in the form of more subsidies for health insurance instead of more employer sponsored health insurance covered workers.

    Ironically, this is probably something conservatives would like..keeping those types of jobs aimed at the Entry Level workforce and all due to the Democrats ACA.

    I see a real potential for this outcome, I bet Nyp will claim it won’t happen but this IS the first year that portion of the ACA is being implemented.

  77. Athos says:

    Gee petey, if I have to post the truth (as reported by a UK paper) to put an end to you Pinocchio Propaganda, then…..here it is!


    You, Pinocchio and the Looney Lefty elites are the only ones that believe your BS about BHØ’s “good times are here at last” tripe. Out here in the real world people know what a complete incompetent moron our “dear leader” is, which was evident to all (except Pinocchio) that we want HIM AND HIS COMMIE FAILED PLANS to go.

    so keep on digging at your hole, petey. Like I said before, it’s a hoot!

  78. nyp says:

    If you are reduced to citing British tabloids in order to respond to a CBO report, you are losing the argument.

  79. nyp says:

    “‘Orthopedic Capital Of The World’ Is Still Hiring Despite Health Law Tax
    …Till’s bullish view of the medical device industry – he says he can’t crank out graduates fast enough — contrasts sharply with what industry lobbyists are telling lawmakers in the nation’s capital.

    “Wall Street has also been optimistic about the industry’s prospects, with companies’ share prices growing faster than the S&P 500 in the first half of 2014. Orthopedic companies saw a 39 percent increase in share prices, according to a report from Mercer Capital, a valuation firm based in Memphis. While there have been some jobs lost as a result of the device tax, industry figures of tens of thousands are greeted skeptically by Wall Street, as well as by government analysts. In November, the Congressional Research Service reported the device tax had “fairly minor effects,” with output and employment dropping by “no more than two-tenths of 1 percent.”

  80. Rincon says:

    “Not low wage jobs, Rincon. Low wage job hours” Are you saying that employers are cutting hours to avoid paying full time benefits? If so, I agree heartily that health care should not be tied to employment. That’s one of the big flaws in the old system that wasn’t fixed with Obamacare. The special interests, Republicans, and probably the public wouldn’t allow the superior health care systems enjoyed by the other OECD countries.

    Another preexisting problem not fixed by Obamacare: I just read an article saying that though I don’t pay Workman’s Comp for my own hours because I’m self employed, I may not be covered for work related injuries by my insurance company. Have I been without work related health insurance for twenty years? Who the heck knows and how do I find out? I shouldn’t have to be an expert on insurance law to work for myself. How ridiculous!

    I also turned down a low bidder cleaning service because I can’t tell if they are required to pay workman’s comp. They are a family operation and claim that all family members are “partners” and therefore don’t have to pay workman’s comp. True or not? How the heck do I know?

    Am I liable if I hire some guy to shovel snow and he throws out his back? What if he’s sick and sends a substitute who doesn’t bring proof of coverage? Do I send him away and then get sued when someone falls because the walks weren’t shoveled? Is a spinal disc injury work related in the first place? The courts say it is, and stick employers with the costs, but with dogs, it’s primarily hereditary, as evidenced by a very lopsided breed distribution.

    If you become sick or injured, you should receive care, period! And one shouldn’t need extensive legal knowledge to keep from falling between the cracks. Our present system is better than it was, but it’s still 3rd world in many ways.

  81. Steve says:

    Are you saying that employers are cutting hours to avoid paying full time benefits?
    I am not saying that, I saw it on 60 Minutes last Sunday. Several fast food corps were quoted and one CEO interviewed.

    And, you as a small business owner, have only begun to detail the failures in ACA.
    Workmans comp is a state thing, I believe the owner I worked for was required to carry that coverage on everybody in his employ but I am not sure if he was covered by it as the owner and sole proprietor.
    AS for hiring contractors, I think your liability insurance is what covers them while on your property.

    But the whole thing is really a mess if it has to go to litigation, they look for the one with the most money and that is the one who ends up paying the bill.

  82. nyp says:

    “Back in 2010, the CBO predicted that the the ACA would cost the federal government $759 billion in the fiscal years 2014 to 2019. By 2013, that figured had been revised slightly downward, to $710 billion. And now, the projection for that same time period is down to $571 billion (see page 129), a 20% reduction.

    “The lower cost of Obamacare is mainly due to the fact that healthcare costs aren’t growing as fast as they were prior to the passage of the ACA, so health insurance premiums – which are always driven primarily by the cost of healthcare – don’t have to grow as fast either. And that means that the federal government will be paying less in subsidies over the next few years than they cost of originally anticipated. The chart on page 109 of the CBO report illustrates this very well. In the line for “health insurance subsidies and related spending” there are consistently negative numbers stretching all the way out to 2024, showing how much lower the new projections are when compared with how much the CBO originally thought the government would have to spend.”


  83. Steve says:

    Predicting the future is like predicting how much snow NYC would get from juno2015.

  84. nyp says:

    no, it isn’t.

  85. Steve says:

    yes it is.

    tag, your it!

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